Brisbane Roar v North Queensland Fury preview
In all seriousness, the league leaders should just turn up, have a kick about for 90 minutes and get the points here.
But football doesn't work that way and the bottom-placed Fury will give themselves every chance of knocking off the Roar who are cruising along at the summit of the A-League.
North Queensland had the week off last week so will be very fresh taking on a Brisbane outfit who played Sunday then followed that up with a tough slog against Newcastle on Wednesday but they cannot hide from the fact they have lost three in a row and taking losing form into a game against a quality side is dangerous.
What's more is that the Roar get back skipper Matt McKay who was away with the Socceroos during the week which is a huge plus whilst the Fury lose defender Chris Grossman to injury.
All the positives point towards a big Roar win, which they should manage, but as I said earlier, football doesn't always work out the way you plan it.
Verdict: Roar 3-1
Brisbane Roar vs. North Queensland FuryDate: Saturday, 20 November 2010 Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Local kick-off: 8:15pm (9.15pm AEDT) Referee: Alan Milliner Head-to-Head: All matches (played 3): Brisbane Roar wins 1, North Queensland Fury wins 0 (2 draws) Match fact:North Queensland Fury are aiming to avoid a club record of 4 straight losses.
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Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 14. Rocky VISCONTE, 15. Matt McKAY, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK *three to be omitted* In: Matt MUNDY (promoted), Luke BRATTAN (promoted), Matt McKAY (returns from international duty) Out: Shane STEFANUTTO (Hamstring) Unavailable: HENRIQUE (broken arm - indefinite)
North Queensland Fury squad: 1. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 2. Jack HINGERT, 3. Brad McDONALD, 5. Mark HUGHES, 6. Ufuk TALAY (c), 7. Gareth EDDS, 8. Adam CASEY, 10. Dyron DAAL, 11. David WILLIAMS, 12. Panagiotis NIKAS, 13. Andre KILIAN, 15. Chris PAYNE, 16. Simon STOREY, 17. Osama MALIK, 18. Brett STUDMAN, 19. Isaka CERNAK, 21. Jason SPAGNUOLO, 22. Lorenzo SIPI, 28. Sebastian USAI (gk) *four to be omitted* In: Jack HINGERT (promoted), Adam CASEY (promoted), Andre KILIAN (promoted), Simon STOREY (promoted) Out: Chris GROSSMAN (knee - 6 weeks) Unavailable: Eric Akoto (knee - 6 weeks), Matthew HAM (knee - out for the season)